AHoddy221 karma2012-11-06 17:41:41 UTC
I note this hasn't been answered so ill put forward my view as a UK solicitor.
If you know the client is guilty (ie they told you they did the crime) then you cannot represent them in bringing a defence that they didn't. Solicitors and barristers have an overriding duty to the court and must not mislead the court for fear of punishment.
However, if the client says he didn't do it, all you can do is advise him on the evidence against him and represent him the best you can.
There are always cases where you "know" a person did commit a crime as the evidence is overwhelming. But if they instruct you that they didn't do it, then you do your job.
Hope that makes sense
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AHoddy126 karma2012-05-10 16:50:44 UTC
100% of all domestic accidents happen in the home
AHoddy73 karma2012-11-06 18:21:34 UTC
Much obliged, my learned friend
AHoddy32 karma2012-11-06 17:37:39 UTC
Yes-solicitors are required to take the Legal Practise Course whilst barristers take the Bar Vocational Course
Source-I'm a UK solicitor
AHoddy25 karma2012-11-06 17:44:47 UTC
Technically yes but it is read "R v X" and spoken "Crown v X"
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